Moms Mold The Heart Of The Next Generation, by Stephanie Shott

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Have you ever felt like you wore so many hats that it was hard to really enjoy your mom journey? Or like you were so weary and worn out by your never-ending ‘to do’ list that you wanted to bury your head under the covers and get away from it all…even for just a day?

Me too!

Oh…like you, I LOVE being a mom. But for me, motherhood was like this messy experiment and my kids were the guinea pigs.

Motherhood is the best job on the planet!

Moms, more than anyone else, have the opportunity to not only mold the heart of their children but to mold the heart of the next generation. But we get caught up in dealing with the dailies of life and it’s hard to make it our mission to parent on purpose. Sometimes it’s so easy to parent the child they are and deal with the behavior of the moment that we forget about molding the heart of the person we long for them to become.

The Making of a Mom gives you a foundational look at real life biblical motherhood and provides the practical tools and inspiration you need to become the best mom you can.

While we all know there is no such thing as a perfect mom, we also know that WE are the perfect moms for our children.

The Making of a Mom encourages moms to embrace the significance of their calling to motherhood…a role that only we moms can fulfill…a role that God has called us to and equipped us for.

And The Making of a Mom was uniquely written to minister to the hearts of moms while also providing a key resource for the local church and para-ministries.

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With venue specific Planning Guides in the back of the book, instructions on how to begin M.O.M. Groups that will help the local church weave mentoring into the fabric of the church and serve as not only an in-reach resource, but a great outreach tool as well. And the questions at the end of each chapter serve as a catalyst for conversation for ministry and small group leaders, The Making of a Mom is the perfect resource for every church!

The Making of a Mom works in tandem with The M.O.M. Initiative as a tool to help the church minister to moms who know Christ and reach those who don’t. Through The Making of a Mom, you can help your local church make mentoring missional and impact your community and this culture for Christ.

The goal of The M.O.M. Initiative is to reach a MILLION MOMS for Christ. The tool is The Making of a Mom. The vehicle is the local church. AND…if only 3 women in 1/2 of the churches in the United States would mentor just 3 other mothers, we could reach a MILLION MOMS for Christ!

To find out more about how you can begin a M.O.M. Group, click this link.

To find out how to sign up to be ONE in a MILLION MOMS who would like to be connected with a mentor and raise your children to know Christ, click this link.

To find out how to order The Making of a Mom.

CLICK the link to download a free chapter sample –  The Making of a Mom~Chapter Sample ~ NOT ALONE
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Stephanie Shott is crazy in love with Jesus and believes Him for the impossible. Through The M.O.M. Initiative, Stephanie is changing the world one mom at a time and she wants YOU to join her! Her heart resonates with William Carey’s quote, “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” To invite Stephanie to speak at your next event, visit her website at www.stephanieshott.com. To find out more about The M.O.M. Initiative or to begin a M.O.M. Mentor Group, visit www.themominitiative.com.

Book Review: I Need Some Help Here! by Kathi Lipp

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My Thoughts About the Book:

Where to begin, where to begin…ok, let’s start with the truth. I first picked up this book thinking that this would probably be a great resource for me to share with the women at my church. You see, I run the Kids & the Women’s Ministries at my church and am always “looking out” for resources to share with my friends. But here’s the catch, you knew there would be a catch, right? I never (ever, like in a million years ever) thought that this book would be one that I would dog ear, highlight, bend back half pages and take notes all throughout…never.

Honestly, I knew it would be good, I’ve known Kathi for years now and completely respect and admire her heart and her work, but how would it apply to me. At my stage of life, with my kids…who are not really “kids” any longer. They are 18 & 20 for goodness sakes, and yet…it was exactly what this worn out mama needed to read. At just the right time.

Don’t you just love when that happens? My kids are good kids, I really can’t complain, but we’ve entered the pre-empty nester season of life and well, let’s just say the dynamics are shifting and this mama is struggling to manage the change in scenery these days. So, what does that have to do with Kathi’s book? Well, just about everything. This book is not just a book for young mama’s, but truth be told, I think they would really get a lot out of it. This book is an incredible resource for ALL MOM’s for every stage and age.

Packed with tons of practical tips, insights and gut wrenching honest transparency Kathi not only gives you insight from a mama who’s already been there and done that, but she’s also brought along some friends of hers for the journey and they share some of their mom insights as well.

With chapters on topics like;

  • When my child is different,
  • When my child is overwhelmed,
  • When my child is troubled,
  • When my child is sick or injured,
  • When my child makes poor choices,
  • When my child is struggling,
  • When my child is left out

There are sure to be things that can meet you right where you are on this motherhood journey. There are more chapters than that, but I wanted you to see that this book jumps head on and wrestles with the tough stuff of motherhood along with the gentle grace and love of our Savior and the partnership of a sweet sisterhood from being with other moms that get what you are going through.

The chapters have sections of “Prayers for My Child” and “Prayers for Me” in them as well as some very practical steps you can take right now as you walk through the sometimes bumpy road of motherhood. “I Need Some Help Here! Hope For When Your Kids Don’t Go According To Plan” is a must read for all moms — I know I’ve been blessed, challenged and strengthened by it and I know you will be too!

From the back of the book:

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a parent–and worried and anxious. There are so many areas of a child’s life that can go wrong along the way. What’s a mom to do?

With wit and wisdom, Kathi Lipp meets moms where they are and offers the most powerful hope they have–prayer–for both their kids and themselves. Chapters include

When Your Child Is Running Away from God
When Your Child Makes Poor Choices
When Your Child Is Struggling
When Your Child Is Left Out
When Your Child Is Different

Moms who are overwhelmed or simply need a little support will cherish this expert guidance on praying for their kids–from toddler to teenager–with boldness and confidence.

You can purchase a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Need-Some-Help-Here-according/dp/0800720784

About the Author:

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Kathi Lipp inspires thousands of women each year to take beneficial steps in their personal, marital and spiritual lives through purposeful living. With humor and wisdom, Kathi offers hope paired with practical steps to live each facet of our lives with meaning.

Kathi is the author of ten books with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers. She has become well respected on the topics of marriage, children and self-purpose from a biblical perspective. She has four more books slated for release in the next two years.

She is a national speaker and is often featured on Focus on the Family, MOPS International, Crosswalk.com, and Nickelodeon TV’s Parent Connect as well as a number of other reputable organizations around the country. She was recently named “Best of Broadcast” on Focus on the Family.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not doing laundry, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

Find out more about Kathi Lipp at;
Website 
http://www.kathilipp.com,
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKathiLipp
Twitter https://twitter.com/kathilipp
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/kathilipp/

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 

Visual Verse: Hebrews 4:16

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So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.
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There’s so much wrapped up in this precious little verse, that you almost want to take a minute to look at it in chunks, like this;

- come boldly
- we will receive his mercy
- we will find grace
- when we need it most

I don’t know about you, but I am going to cling to this one tightly today…and every day!

Visual Verses are simply verses that have been on my heart and that I’ve made into graphics. I am a very visual kinda girl and I love a pretty little pic along with my verse so that I can print them out and post them wherever I might need them…in the car, on the nightstand, or in my journal.

They are also for you too!

You are more than welcome to download them or even pin them on your pinterest pages.

As a matter of fact I would love it if you did, they are yours to enjoy as well.

Seeking JOY on the Journey,

Melissa 

Book Review: Seagrass Pier, by Colleen Coble

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My Thoughts About the Book:

A sit on the edge of your seat adventure unlike anything I have ever read before. I thought I had an idea of where Colleen Coble was going in the book, but the twists, turns and unexpected character adventure caught me completely off guard. To top it off you are dropped right in the middle of it from the first couple of pages, which was a brilliant way to draw the reader in fast.

The storyline was rich with detail and oozing with chemistry, the perfect blend of adventure and romance. in my opinion. I could not put the book down — I read all 309 pages on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It was the perfect summer sit around and soak it all up kinda book.

I was blessed to have the chance to read the first book in the Hope Beach series (Tidewater Inn) last summer. You can check out a review of that book here. The great news is, even if you haven’t read the other book you can jump in and enjoy this one on it’s own. If you did get a chance to read it you will see glimpses of some of the places and people in that book here as well.

You can also find out what others are saying about the book here: http://litfusegroup.com/author/ccoble

About the book:

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In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger’s memories . . . before they cost her everything.
Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.

But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks—and vivid dreams of being strangled—she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor’s murder.

Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked—by a man she’s only met in her nightmares.

The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin’s daughter.

Of course, he doesn’t know about that. Yet.

Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there’s no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her—before she remembers too much.

You can purchase a copy of the book here: http://ow.ly/xAP8O

Don’t miss Colleen Coble‘s latest release in the Hope Beach series, Seagrass Pier. The book releases July 1st and Colleen’s publisher is offering the ebook at a special pre-order price of just $4.99 between now and 6/30 everywhere ebooks are sold.

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About the Author:

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Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. “Seagrass Pier,” the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble’s addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find out more about Colleen at http://www.colleencoble.com/

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Book Review: Meant To Be Mine, by Becky Wade

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My Thoughts About the Book:

Absolutely could not put this book down. After the first couple of chapters I was completely hooked and found myself trying to figure out what would happen next…never in a million years did I see how they would get to the end of the whirlwind romance of Ty Porter and Celia Park. I’ve read all of Becky Wade’s books and I can tell you this– I liked all of them, but this one, Meant to Be Mine, has captured my heart.

There were several times throughout the book where I just had to stop and catch my breathe. The intensity of the storyline was so real that I had to catch myself and reassure myself that they weren’t real. It’s funny, but it’s true. I love the heart warming and charming Ty Porter and the down to earth and completely quirky Celia Porter. Bravo Becky Wade, bravo, this is an incredible book. I can’t wait to see what stories and adventures you come up with next.

About the book:

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Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school–irresistible. When their paths cross again after college–still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia’s ready to be Ty’s wife, but Ty’s not ready to be her husband. He’s a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he’s long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he’s known since childhood.

Five and a half years pass. Celia’s buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty’s achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn’t forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.

How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia’s trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?

You can purchase a copy of the book here: http://ow.ly/x1YKE

About the Author:

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Becky makes her home in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and one adoring (and adored) cavalier spaniel. Her CBA debut, “My Stubborn Heart,” was a finalist in both the RITA and INSPY awards. “Undeniably Yours” kicked off her Texas-set Porter Family series. Her newest contemporary romance, “Meant to Be Mine,” has just hit shelves!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”